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accelerants left inside. the suspect, 24-year-old james holmes, will be spending tonight in a county jail in suburban denver. he's scheduled to appear in court monday morning. a couple of hours ago, police disclosed holmes received what they call a, quote, high volume of deliveries in recent months. they think that's how he amassed the huge amount of ammunition for his attacks. cnn's ed lavendera is just outside the holmes' apartment complex in aurora. and what are the police and the bomb squads doing right now? >> reporter: well, wolf, it's been a very active last few hours here in this neighborhood. that red brick building you see behind me just to the left of that white truck, that is the building where 24-year-old james holmes lived. and that was where the apartment was that was trapped. they've spent a great deal of time. you heard that explosion. that was deliberately set off by the bomb squad here to begin to try to begin the process of dismantling the trip wires and what they call a very sophisticated setup inside that apartment that could have been very deadly. b
do have to get into james holmes' apartment. when they doll they'll finally recover some evidence, the important question, in understanding this, what happened to james holmes and what caused him to do what he allegedly did. it's easy enough to know what help was, a gifted student and all that, but how he became what he supposedly, reportedly, allegedly became, still just a suspect at this point. it won't be known until they start taking evidence and inventory of what's in his apartment and analyze us a thl. as i said, that will resume in about two hours. meantime, holmes is not talking to the cops, not cooperating at all. he's asked for an attorney and due for his first court appearance monday morning. >> he did identify himself at the joker at the outset. can you confirm those reports? >> reporter: that's what police have said and the observation was made by new york city police commissioner that that may be what he was attempting to prove, his identity for some reason, but i can't make that direct connection and i think it's a little risky at this point to do that. could that b
. there was fear and chaos as james holmes fired again and again with an assault rifle, holding 100 rounds. sources tell abc news, the smith and wesson high powered rifle, holmes' most deadly weapon jammed. the carnage could have been worse. more people survived, in part, sources say because holmes was probably squeezing the trigger so quickly the magazine malfunctioned. holmes was ready for war. also armed with a tactical shotgun. and abc news has learned the pistol police recovered in the theater had an extended 40-round clip. police are urgently seeking a motive and may have gotten a critical break in the case. authorities recovered a computer from the suspect's booby trapped apartment and sources tell us more evidence of his batman obsession. abc news has learned police discovered a variety of batman paraphernalia including a poster and mask from the comic book series. many of my source s appear stunned at the suspect's cold-blooded fury. >> gets you so angry, too, reports out of jail now he is showing absolutely no remorse through awful this. he is still maining his joker persona, spitting at
explosives. nearby residents evacuated. the suspect, 24-year-old james holmes, arraigned on monday. police say he purchased 6,000 rounds of ammunition and four guns in the weeks before the attack. however, the motive remains unknown. the shooting left 12 people dead, 58 injured many of them seriously. let's go now to the tense scene outside the apartment and the dell tis attempt to get inside and search for more evidence. late yesterday the chief described what's inside that apartment. >> it is a very vexing problem, how to enter that apartment safely. i personally have never seen anything like what the pictures show us is in there. i'm a layman when it comes to bomb stuff. i see an awful lot of wires, trip wires, jars full of ammunition. jars full of liquid. some things that look like mortar rounds. >> nbc's mike taibbi is there live for us. mike, with an early good morning to you, what's the latest from the scene? >> reporter: good morning, alex. yeah, i spoke with a couple police officers from aurora a few minutes ago who said in about two hours the attempt to enter the apartment pt res
, and the impression james holmes made on victims' families. it's tuesday, july 24th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm paula faris. we will take you live off to colorado in just a moment for our top story. >>> and then the harsh punishment for penn state's prestigious football program. what's next for the campus after the ncaa's decision. an unprecedented decision from the governing body there in college football, definitely their football program is going to struggle the next couple of years as well as the the economy surrounding state college. >> not only just the number of scholarships, the $60 million fine, and then, no post season for the next four years. they hit them from every angle. if you watched the press conference with the ncaa officials, the word, used, was culture, want to change the culture of the program. so no one was shocked. i've don't think. they expected this to come down the pike. it has the. >>> disturbing video coming from a mississippi day-care center. the surveillance pictures getting a lot of
suspect. >> hello, i'm james. >> reporter: taken six years ago when james holmes spoke at a science camp. sources tell abc news the automatic rifle holmes allegedly used jammed during the shooting spree but he had extended clips for other weapons that held up to 40 rounds. holmes also recent lead applied for a membership at the private gun rage but was turned away because the owner thought he was "creepy." aurora's mayor is concerned the death toll could rise. >> we saw some people yesterday who, who are still terribly injured. and may not make it. >> reporter: holmes will make his first court appearance in the morning. we are told it is brief and he will not enter a plea. rob, paula, back to you. >> thanks to brandi, the make shift memorial to victims keeps on growing as friends and strangers alike as they add flowers, american flags and personal mementos on the site in the shadows of the century 16 movie theater, a cross has been placed for each of the 12 victims. >> same guy made the crosses that made them for columbine. >> he came back from aurora, illinois, where he was traveling fr
for such a lightweight. [ female announcer ] olay regenerist. >>> back to our top story, james holmes was a one-man arsenal when he walked into the aurora movie theater friday morning. >> investigators say he had two pistols, a shotgun and an automatic weapon. and bought 6,000 rounds of ammo all on line. abc's pierre thomas shows us how holmes was able to arm himself so very easily. >> reporter: abc news has learned and authorities suspect if all had gone according to the suspect's plan, the bombs in his apartment would have blown up the walls of his residence and possibly burned down the entire building. this fireball was created when police disposed of only part of the death trap. police had to overcome a room full of bombs and a spaghetti jumble of wires. once finally inside, police discovered evidence of an apparent obsession with batman. according to sources, among the paraphernalia recovered, a batman mask and batman poster. the most critical item found a computer. police hope it will be the key to unlocking why holmes went on his murderous rampage. but many are left to wonder how holmes
: it was taken six years ago when holmes spoke at a science camp. sources tell abc news the automatic rifle holmes allegedly used jammed during the shooting spree, but he had extended clips for other weapons that held up to 40 rounds. holmes also recently applied for a membership at this private gun range but was turned away because the owner thought he was, quote, creepy. a police psychologist says when you put it altogether, including his booby-trapped apartment, he doesn't believe holmes had a break with reality. >> premeditated, yeah. >> reporter: he thought it through? >> thought it through. planned it. had weapons of choice. >> reporter: well, right now, holmes is being held in isolation. he is supposed to make his first court appearance tomorrow morning. rob, paula. >> brandi, speaking of the court appearance, he is expected to travel from jail to the courthouse in an underground tunnel so he won't be accessible to eyes, ears, video cameras. what do we expect to hear from that courthouse appearance? >> reporter: well, we just found out there is a slight possibility that holmes may no
as 24-year-old james holmes who lived in aurora. as we just told us, his home is booby-trapped at this time. they are right now trying to work to disarm some flammable or explosive material that is inside that apartment. there is a live look for you right now as they continue to work to do this. police say the gunman wore a bulletproof vest. also a gas mask as he detonated gas canisters and opened fire on a crowded theater early this morning in colorado. cell phone video shows the chaos is terrified moviegoers come out of the movie plots. here now, are the sites and sounds of this nightmare. >> there are explosions behind me and i thought it was just a normal practical joke. >> there are people shot right now. there are people running out of fear that her shot. >> guys come running in, running through the theaters and the exit and he is like, don't go out in the lobby. someone is shooting people out there. >> one of my friends got scammed by a bullet on the neck. he is okay. he was at the hospital. another one of my friends just got a bullet slammed him in him on the le
: through all of that chaos and confusion, police apprehended james holmes in the parking lot and later searched his apartment that we just told you about. we have reaction pouring in from around the country right now. we just heard from the president. the president says the tragedy reminds us how we are united as an american family. the next hour we expect to hear from governor mitt romney in new hampshire. he is quick to speak on this. just a few moments from now, we are going to speak to an eyewitness. that is coming out. first, trace gallagher has breaking details for us. reporter: when 24-year-old james holmes was arrested, he told authorities there were explosives inside his apartment. at first they thought they were not. i want to go back to the first shot. that is a brewing situation, because the authorities are telling us that it is, in fact, booby-trapped. they are just not sure how. they don't know if it's gas bombs or wired. you can see the fire department right now. they have evacuated the rest of the building and the police just told us a short time ago that this could be
didn't say a word. he didn't look at anymore in the courtroom. i'm talking about james holmes. here is he in court this morning for the first time since he opened fire in that colorado movie theater. he wasn't arraigned. he wasn't charged. that is said to happen one week from today. you see him, watch his eyes sitting there quietly next to his public defender. victims family members stared at him but he did not. he barely did much other than open and close his eyes. almost looked like he nodded off, a number of puzzling expressions. at times he looked blank. other times groggy. there might have been concern in his eyes. after a couple of minutes he was taken back to solitary confinement without holmes. he's accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others at a midnight showing of the dark knight rises. police say they caught him outside, without a fight. he was wearing a gas mask and body armor from head to toe. jim spellman in aurora for us. he was inside the courtroom when holmes appeared. jim, it was tough to get read on him during the appearance. i don't know if he was noddin
theater. now we only have sketches of james holmes the 24 kraoerld suspect becaus24-year-old suspect because the court banned cameras after the defendant objected to them. he has been charged with 116 counts of attempted murder and murder. witnesses say holmes appeared just as dazed, actually no we heard different reports on this. this script says he appeared just as dazed as he did the first time. earlier i read from our fox news producer he appeared less dazed, less of the eye wandering and so on we saw the first time around. he's been sitting at counsel table, and tkae actually heard the charges against him. the former university of colorado student had apparently been under the care of a psychiatrist, and here is a picture of that doctor, lynne fenton happens to be a member of the university of colorado's threat assessment team. they are the ones in the wake of tragedies like at virginia tech assess the threat on campus and she counselors students and specializes in schizophrenia, and she was seeing james holmes as her patient. coming up we'll have a live report from the courtroo
by investigators is quoted by the "wall street journal" as calling it a witch hunt. >>> james holmes, the suspect in the colorado shooting massacre faces 142 felony counts, including two first-degree murder charges for each of the 12 people he's accused of killing. prosecutors are still deciding whether to pursue the death penalty. john blackstone has our report. >> reporter: this was holmes in court last week, the last time we saw him on camera. this time, the judge barred cameras from the courtroom. some of those still healing from wounds suffered in the theater shooting came to the court to see him formally charged. ali garby, whose 16-year-old son suffered a head wound, came in search of an answer. >> i want to ask him why he did this. i mean, you know, they were -- you know, why he did it. >> reporter: but holmes said just one word. the judge asked if he agreed to waive his right to a preliminary hearing in 35 days. holmes replied, "yes." >> he had kind of an evil or a diabolical presence to him. >> reporter: maryellen hansen came on behalf of her niece, ashley moser, who was shot in the nec
holmes. he's 24 years of age. how did police arrest him? listen to this, he never made it out of the theater apartment. police say her surrendered without a fight. we are learning more about him. such as the fact he was a phd in neuroscience at the university of colorado. he was in the process of withdrawing. police and federal agents are trying to enter the third floor apartment of holmes'. >> we're not sure what we're dealing with in the home. they appear to be incendiary devices. there's some chemical elements. they are linked together with all kind of wires. we have a lot of very smart bomb teches up there trying to figure out what we're going to do. >> ed, let's talk about what you know with that apartment. he said it's an active and difficult situation and it could take hours, if not days, for that community to be secure. >> they are trying to figure out what they are dealing with inside james holmes apartment. they don't know what they are dealing with at this point and they have to take every precaution. what is interesting is that parentally it was james holmes himsel
. abc's brandi hitt is in colorado. >> reporter: james holmes looked the same as he did last week in court, at times datesed and confuelsed with bright orange hair. only this time, cameras were not allowed inside. as the prosecution laid out 142 charges against him, including two murder counts for each death. >> 24 counts of murder in the first degree, 116 counts of attempt murder, one sentence enhancer, one class four felony possession of explosive device. >> reporter: in a show of solidarity many victims and families from the movie theater massacre attended the hearing and heard the accused killer speak for the first time. when the judge asked holmes if he wanted to wave his right to a speedy trial, holmes said yes. >> i do believe he should probably be locked away and -- and, live with what he did every day of his life. >> reporter: when the judge mentioned the death penalty, holmes looked right at him. the judge also ordered prosecutors return the journal home holmes sent to his psychiatrist that was intercepted by police. >> resentment that anybody could take away from some o
of the families were in the courthouse. i can only imagine how painful that must have been for them to see holmes in there and kind of act so, unfazed by everything. >> you can see the emotion on their faces too as they walked in. it appeared some of them were crying. what i found interesting is that you had perfect strangers who never knew, never knew each other before this tragedy and together some of them wanted to hold hands as they walked in. i also heard that in court, other families that were walking and meeting for the first time hugged in the middle of the courtroom. nice to meet you. they seemed to be unified, in this experience together. i think you are going to be seeing a lot more of that as, the hearing, the trial resumes. >> the bond of common loss on display in that courtroom. thank you to abc's brandi hitt reporting live from centennial, colorado. thank you, brandi. stay with abc news on the air and online as we cover every development from colorado in this horrible story. you can find updates at abcnews.com. >>> turning to politics and the west coast where the president and mitt
is to be formally charged with murder later today. james holmes expected to face 12 counts of murder in the first degree and hundreds of other counts, attempted murder and assault. >> if he gets convicted of one count of first degree murder, the punishment will be either the death penalty or life without possibility of parole. >> we are also learning that the company which runs the aurora theater hired offduty police officers as security guards in other locations but none on duty at the aurora theater. >>> syrian troops are unleashing heavy fire power on rebel positions in its largest city. as the the battle intensifies, the u.n. says more than 200,000 people have fled the city of aleppo in two days. abc's reporter is inside northern syria and brings us the latest. >> reporter: fighting continued to rage in aleppo, syria's commercial can't. shelling neighborhoods taken by opposition forces desperately clinging on calling for heavier weapons. we crossed into syria early this morning, our first stop was a city which had seen heavy violence last month outside aleppo. there hardly seemed to be a sing
exactly happened in the theater early last friday morning. they say james holmes he stalked around the theater shouting and appeared to pick out and target his victims. meantime "batman" star christian bale visited with survivors in the hospital thanking the medical staff and the police. some survivors got visits from the denver broncos. >> you can tell they actually care. that's why they're coming around to everybody. >> at the university of colorado hospital, hugo jackson medley was born tuesday morning. he and his mom, katie, who also was at the movie thooeater but t injured. they're doing well. in the same hospital her husband caleb critically injured. in a medically induced coma one floor below where his son was born. there are reports he is starting to breathe on his own. just the news of his son's birth is doing him a lot of good. >> so god to hear that. praying for both of the folks. the gun control debate is heating up after the colorado shootings. but on capitol hill debate is not going to turn into any action at least during the election year. democrating and congression
gunman now identified as 24-year-old james eagan holmes. he was arrested outside the theater near the back of a apartment. outside police found three weapons in that car, another gun was found inside the theater. authorities evacuated everyone in the suspect's apartment building by 4:00 a.m. after he warned them that his home was booby trapped. when they broke in later they found incendiary and chemical devices as well as apparent trip wires. police are still on the scene at that apartment. let's get the very latest right now starting with cnn's ed lavandera. he's over at the movie theater where all of this unfolded. what is the very latest, ed? >> reporter: wolf, we've just confirmed with a law enforcement source as to where these four guns were purchased. we've been told by this law enforcement source that all four guns were purchased legally within the last six months. two of the guns were purchased at a bass pro shop in the city of denver. one of the guns was purchased at a mountain gander gun store here in the town of aurora. another was purchased at a gander mountain in thor
massacre gunman james holmes will be doing a few hours from now. >> what we can expect in court. the demands for colorado families justice confronted with grief. it's monday, july 30th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good monday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm paula faris. we are taking you to aurora, colorado for our top story. and there is outrage in mississippi this morning after a church refuses to marry an african-american couple part of the congregation. they say they were turned away because of their race. this is the 21st century. if something like this is happening it makes you question. >> oh, mississippi, mississippi. >>> all right, this morning, terror in northern california. aboard a brand new theme park ride called superman, ultimate flight. yeah, turned out to be an ultimate scare. those folks got stuck 150 feet up in the air. >> are they still up there? at this moment? we'll be taking you live to northern california. >> breaking news. >>> no secret the mayor of new york is health conscious and -- among other things. wait
headquarters, in the hours after the shooting, holmes was staring at the wall with his eyebrows twitching. >> this could all be behavior indicative of some sort of psychotic episode. it might be there is other stuff >> reporter: "the washington post" says holmes' mother, told her friend she worried for years about her son being socially isolated and wanted him in counseling. in the days before the massacre, mixed signals. on the one hand, eight days beforehand a neighbor says holmes was out looking for a new apartment. two days before spotted in the bar chatting sports. on the other hand, how hole had a profile on match.com that read will you come visit me in prison? meanwhile extraordinary new stories from the survivors. amanda's boyfriend, alex tevez sacrificed himself to save her. >> he pulled me down and he covered my head. he said, shh, shh, stay down. it is okay. stay down. i did. >> reporter: you think he knew that he was putting himself in danger for you? >> i know he did. he would do anything for me. >> reporter: it is an incredible story. we do have a hopeful note now, involving
will be hearing from the attorney for the james holmes family in san diego. that will happen in less than an hour. watch for that. i want to talk more about this with sunny hostin. let's talk more about it. jim is right. a lot of people were waiting to see if he would have that flame red dyed hair. he did. odd expressions. we can call them odd. it was a brief stop there in court. what did you take away from it? >> it's interesting. the legal question at this point in this proceedings and we know there will be many proceedings is whether or not he's competent, not insane but competent. does he understand the nature of the charges against him. the judge was talking about first-degree. he can't get out. he's held in solitary confinement. does he understand the nature of the charges against him and can he help his defense team in his defense? can he aid? i saw someone, if he's not malingering that seems incompetent at this time to stand trial. he was sort of very out of it. that could be medication perhaps it's he hasn't slept. who knows. i saw a very odd looking defendant. the first thing that came
that much of katie holmes in the years she was married to tom cruise. >> now less than a month after her bombshell divorce announcement, she is, well, everywhere, now magazine covers even on broadway. abc's amy robach reports on her big career makeover. >> reporter: even the rain can't keep katie holmes down these days. spotted on the streets of new york city with daughter suri in tow. it appears holmes is taking full advantage of her post s divorce publicity and highlighting her role as a rising style icon by gracing los angeles based "c" magazine, revealing a more sexy, confident look. in the interview conducted one day before she announced she'd be divorcing tom cruise, holmes speaks out on her future telling the magazine, quote, i am ready to take on some more challenging roles. i feel look i worked so much at a young age that i really wanted to have life experiences. i feel more balanced and like i have more to bring to the table. holmes, who launched the ready-to-wear label holmes and yang in 2009 with jean yang, is rocking elegant looks from her latest collection. >> when we spoke
attorney at his side, james eagan holmes sat in silence in a colorado courtroom today. holmes with his hair dyed a reddish-orange appeared dazed at times and showed little emotion. as the judge informed him of his rights. holmes has been held at solitary confinement at a local detention facility. his motives for killing 12 people, injured 58 others at a colorado theater remain a mystery. prosecutors are expected to file formal charges next week. the district attorney says she would get impact from the victims before decided whether to seek the death penalty. >> the victims will be impacted by that decision in an enormous way for years, if the death penalty is sought. >> investigators are now poring over evidence found in james holmes' apartment. it took police two days to safely disarm it, discovering gallons of gas and body traps rigged to kill anyone who walked through the door. he had been stock piling weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition for months. no red flags were raised because it's all perfectly legal. there's no system to track stock piling fire power. no laws and no over
of holmes at his first court appearance he wants to tell holmes he foregives him and wants to pray for him. >> that take is a gracious spirit. it take is a while to get to that place. >>> the suspect in a mass shooting is being told if he doesn't shave his beard it will be removed for him. the army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people at fort hood in texas three years ago. another dark moment in this country. he did appear in court yesterday with the beard that he sported at a hearing last s month. it is in violation of army rules, but he claims it is an expression of his muslim faith. >>> penn state trustees now admit things could have been ape lot worse for the university's football program. the school is now confirming that it faced the threat of a four-year ban on football. that so-called death penalty has not been used against a school since back in 1987. the trustees say penn state's punishment was unfortunate, but certainly better than the alternative. >>> federal agents are going to review two deadly police shootings in southern california. the shootings have sparked four da
. >> as the judge throws a long list of serious charges at james holmes. it is the last day of july, tuesday, the 31st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> well, good tuesday morning. i'm sunny hostin in for paula faris. >> you can tell her first day back on the shift. she is so chipper. >> i am. sugar and caffeine. my best friends. >> those are two very close allies of this staff. good morning, everybody, i'm rob nelson. get the latest from colorado and our top story in just a second. >>> then a story out of new jersey. that's where a 12-year-old girl had to think like a grown-up. riding with her grandfather in his truck, the unthinkable happened while he was behind the wheel. you will be very impressed with this young lady. >> absolutely. >>> and also this morning, which member of team usa lost out on a gold medal by .08. you know i am obsessed with the olympics. the events that are getting the british royal treatment in london right now. >> wow. >> look at that. >> the royal sightings. there in full effect. >>> later what nick jonas and merritt ey-- mariah carey could have
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that they can do. >> now about the apartment where the suspect, james holmes, lived. police say it was definitely booby trapped, rigged with trip wires and some sort of explosive devices. there is still no all clear from the apartment. ed lavendara is there live for us. i'll talk with him in a minute. 12 people died almost 6 o others injured when the masked man sprayed a crowded movie theater with bullets. 26 people are still in the hospital in aurora. nine are in critical condition at this hour. we're here in aurora all night tonight. make sure you stay right here. stay where you are for all the details as we learn them coming up this evening. let's go to cnn's britneanna kuehler. >> the worst drought in 50 years is crippling farmers in the midwest. half of the states in the regime are reported to be in severe to exceptional drought, the region that produces 75% of the nation's corn and soybean crop. it's especially hard on live stock, many ranchers having to sell off herds early. >>> u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon says the fighting in syria is destroying the country and ma
this suspect identified as 24-year-old james holmes in the parking lot. witnesses describes what happens in this terrifying scene. >> he came in and he started lighting a gas can, and he threw it into the crowd. at that point, he shot his first fire into the ceiling to scare everybody and they started scattering and mass chaos happened. from that point he went from here to here and he pointed the gun at me and i was terrified so i dove into the aisle and at that point he started to shoot people behind me and i had bullets burning my forehead and i knew i had to get out of there. i crl toed on the ground and waited in a ball until he went up to the stairs. i said to my friend, corbin, when he goes up the stairs we have to get out of here. we have to crawl. and at that point, everybody said, don't go over there, because he is going to shoot everybody who tries to get out of the main doors. and he was. and all i could hear would gunshot after gunshot, and women and everybody was screaming and he had on a mask so i could not see his face. >> and among those wounded was a 3-month-old baby. th
near james holmes' apartment building which is evacuated today because of something very frightening that police found. ed, aurora police say they are sure as hell angry and that's a quote from them. >> reporter: well, the reason they were saying that is because according to the police chief here in aurora there was a trip wire that was along the front of the door entrance into james holmes' apartment, which is that red brick building you see just over my shoulder. the window they had been looking in through is just on the other side of it. but there was a trip wire along that door and officials say that had someone just unsuspectingly opened that door they would have been seriously injured if not killed because of all of the various explosives and other trip wires that are inside the apartment. it has taken them more than 24 hours to finally get a handle on what is going on in there. they've had bomb technicians, bomb teams from various agencies that have been inside the department. they've been using robots to defuse everything. a few hours ago, don, they actually had a controlled
a picture of james holmes who is the a resident of aurora, colorado, and he is 24 years old. we are getting more information about him. he is a ph.d. candidate of the university of colorado where we are getting this picture from. the university of colorado. we understand that he was a ph.d. candidate for neurosciences, and that he had enrolled in june of last year, 2011, and that he was in the process of withdrawing from the university. that is the information that we have. he is 24 years old. he's a ph.d. candidate for neurosciences at the university of colorado. this is what the alleged gunman looks like. 24 years old. this is the individual who allegedly was responsible for this massacre here. this is a student. he is relatively young. you see he is smiling there. and the information that we have is that he was in the process of withdrawing from the university. we don't know what the circumstances are around that. we don't know whether or not he has family in the area. we do know that investigators did search the apartment and the building four miles from the theater where he lived. that
are now poring over evidence found in james holmes' apartment. it took police two days to safely disarm it, discovering gallons of gas and body traps rigged to kill anyone who walked through the door. he had been stock piling weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition for months. no red flags were raised because it's all perfectly legal. there's no system to track stock piling fire power. no laws and no oversight or regulation of internet sales. holmes purchased ammo and tactical gear online. in fact, the only red flag holmes raised was through an online application to a local gun range. the gun range's owner grew suspicious of holmes after trying to contact him. >> when i called him, he didn't give me -- he didn't answer. i ended up with his answering service that had a rather bizarre message on it that started me wondering a little bit about it. >> an attorney for holmes' family said she's concerned for their safety, but holmes' parents are standing by their son. last night, a vigil was held in aurora to remember the victims. 12 crosses were erected to honor the dead. michael white, a
theater massacre is returning to court. james holmes is expected to be formally charged in the rampage that left 12 people dead and 58 wounded. this is the scene a week ago when holmes first appeared in court. since then he has been held in jail in isolation. jim spellman is joining us from centennial, colorado, and no cameras in the courthouse for today's hearing and tell us why first of all and walk us through what we expect to happen. >> sure. this hearing is under way right now, suzanne. no cameras in the courtroom and the judge decided before last week's hearing that in the early portion of the proceeding he would allow a camera for the initial appearance and the arraignment that should come in a couple of days. there is a sketch artist in there and full of reporters including cnn's eddie lavendara who will come down as soon as we know what is going to happen. first, he will be read the formal charges and from court documents that is 12 counts of first-degree murder and numerous attempts of first-degree murder and numerous counts around the boo booby-trapped apartment me left. and
a reality. bny mellon wealth management >>> james holmes charged in the aurora massacre, and i want the go to ed lavandara in centennial, colorado, and i know he has had his second court appearance and facing numerous charges. what do we know, ed? >> well, it is a hearing that lasted 45 minutes and we can tell you that james holmes now faces 142 criminal charges and 24 counts of murder in the first degree and i will explain and try to explain that number and why it is 24 in a moment, but 24 counts of murder in the first degree, and 116 counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of explosive devices which is a felony, and one count of a sentence enhancer, because of the violence in this case, and one of the things that we are trying to clarify at this moment is that there are 12 victims who have died in the shooting, and there are twice as many murder in the first -degree murder charges so trying to get to the bottom of the legal understandings and i'm not a lawyer, so i am trying to get a understand i understanding of this. but there are 142 criminal counts filed against james
at the school where holmes had been a student. the school maintains it is unable to discuss anything further about holmes or that package citing a gag order placed on the case by a judge. larry jacobs, ax nebc news, new york. >> wonderful news the medical bills will be partially or entirely retired. one of the new details that came out, on june 7, after james took a key oral exam, he went out to a sporting goods store and bought one of the rifles he used in the attack. three days later he withdrew from the program. he ultimately did fail the exam by the way. so, now they're wondering was the academic failure something that triggered whatever episode he had that led to the shooting? other situation, maybe a recent breakup with a girlfriend. that would have been a factor as well. no one knows for sure. speculative >> he had been ordering shipments for four months. it's hard to think that one -- triggered it. >> mental illness lying it all and breakup or failure at school triggered it and brought it violently to the surface. a theory. >> we heard a theme of forgiveness. a lot of the survivors s
linked to james holmes is sending shock waves through the investigation. it's thursday, july 26th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good thursday morning, everybody. i'm paula faris. or as rob likes to call it friday eve. >> friday eve. just makes it psychologically easier towards the end of the week. >> could we say tgife? >> there you go. >> thank god it's friday eve. >> there you go. see, well done, paula. you are always thinking. >> not really. >> good morning, everybody. i am rob nelson. we'll explain how the colorado investigation is taking a strange new turn. we'll get to that in a second. >>> on top of that, olympic embarrassment. a big flag flap. i've got to say that slowly. >> oh, yes. hot water. >> just one big business that is not going as planned in london. it's been a rough start by all accounts. some security issues and then traffic issues. we have the flag dust-up. kind of been -- eh. >> the opening ceremony hasn't even happened. >> we have miles to go. >> also coming up. an 11-year-old boy with a runaway story for the ages. how did he hop
as soon as possible. we will be here for some time. with regard to the residence. mr. holmes lives at 1690 paris street. we responded up there fairly quickly after we identified him. our investigation determined that his apartment is booby-trapped with various incendiary and chemical devices and apparent trip wires. so we have an active and difficult scene there. it may be resolved in hours or days. we don't know how we are going to handle that. we have evacuated residents to a safe distance. it includes five buildings in the area being evacuated. we have been asked how many folks were in the theater. we can tell you there were four showings of the batman movie. all of them were sold out. we have interviewed close to 200 witnesses. as to how many people were in the theater, that's the best i can tell you. caution about social media. please, as responsible journalists, be careful. we are analyzing all social media that is out there about this event. i can tell you that we are already finding that there are a lot of pranks. there is even someone who called a national media station and repres
were injured. the suspect's name, james eagen holmes. he is 24 years old. the chief telling us that until this point the only interaction he had with police there, a speeding ticket in 2011. jay gray standing by there for us in colorado with the latest. jay, what can you tell us. >> reporter: let's talk first about the scene outside the theater. investigators are still here and say they will be here for quite some time. this is going to be a very tedious, thorough investigation inside the theater where this massacre occurred. i can tell you within the last hour to hour and a half the coroner has shown up. that's a grave reminder of what happened overnight into the early morning hours here. we have learned a lot about the shooter. first of all, 24-year-old james holmes was enrolled at one point in the university of colorado denver medical school. he withdrew last month. he filled out an application for an apartment just about a month ago, was asked to describe himself and wrote the words, "easy going." police, as you talked about don't have a record of criminal activity involved
, we heard from the aurora police chief and he described how his officers identified james holmes as the suspect and not a s.w.a.t. officer despite all of his ballistic gear. >> there was one particular piece of equipment that he had on him that was out of place. i am so proud of my officers that they spotted that right away and chal llenged him. in that chaos, it is quite reasonable that an officer might have confused him for a s.w.a.t. officer or a heavily armed officer responding to the scene. so kudos to my two cops who grabbed this guy and that sharp observation that they made immediately that led them to suspect him as being a suspect. >> there is more we are learning about the 24-year-old suspected of mass murder. he will appear in court tomorrow morning for the first time and the sheriff says holmes is isolated from other inmates. reports suggest he is now also refusing to talk with police. >>> as for his boobytraped apartment, the fbi detonated explosives they collected there in a remote, desert area. they will analyze the remnants at fbi headquarters. officials say the t
like myself. what really drove tom cruise and katie holmes apart? all the talk about religion, their child, and what happens next. >> and the rumor, reported over the weekend, that she is due $3 million for every year the marriage. she can walk away nearly $18 million. however this thing goes down. so but caught everybody offguard. nobody saw that coming. >> are we surprised? the scientology. >> tom has a hard time in love. >> not surprised. >>> all right, before we get to all of that, we get to nature's one-two punch. deadly summer storms and the unbearable heat that just will not go away. >> that's right. another round of severe weather slammed the mid-atlantic and southeast last night. this time three people were killed in north carolina. dozens injured. and the death toll from friday night's storm that knocked out power to three million now stands at 14. mostly from falling trees. heat advisories and warnings have been posted in 16 states today. more record highs are being shattered. >> that says it all. over the weekend, a long list of cities, broken records. highs in the
," everyone, i'm megyn kelly. here he is, accused mass murderer james holmes, appearing before a judge in a colorado courtroom just a short time ago. holmes with his bright orange hair looked wide-eyed and unshaven, his head bobbing slightly, closing his eyes, almost looking like he was falling asleep at points, saying absolutely nothing. he is accused of murdering 12 people and injuring 58. some of those badly hurt left with permanent injuries, that much is clear already. alicia a acuna is live outside of the courthouse where this took place, as i say, about an hour plus ago. alicia? >> reporter: hi, megyn. james holmes will be back in court in about one week to be advised of the formal charges, first-degree murder, the judge told him, will likely be among those charges today. holmes was kept away from the rest of the people in the courtroom, making his appearance from the jury box, even separate from his own defense team. judge william sylvester advised holmes of his rights and when asked if he understood those rights, he did not answer. instead, his public defender did that. and the
officer. >> reporter: as we have been talking about, holmes faces his first court appearance tomorrow. as far as other evidence collected here last night, the fbi also left with a lab top and a hard drive. back to you. >> kristin dahlgren, many thanks for that. as kristin was just saying, he will be in court tomorrow. for more on the legal process ahead, i'm joined by former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, sima are. what do you expect to happen tomorrow? >> tomorrow is the initial advise many. bail is not an issue, because he has been remanded because of so many homicides involved. at this point, there is a difference between when police brings charges and the d.a. decides what charges are going to be indicted. this is the time when mr. holmes is going to be advised of his constitutional rights. >> so we have 12 killed, 58 injured. when you talk about the charges, the difference between police and what the d.a. brings, how do they decide that and what do you expect to see? >> the d.a. is going to look at different counts of murder and decide what can i prove? what i suspect
holmes is refusing to cooperate ahead of his court appearance which happens this morning. right now he is in solitary confinement. alicia acuna is live outside the courthouse in centennial, colorado, where this will play out in next couple hours. how is this expected to go? >> reporter: this could all be over with in five minutes or less. this is just the beginning of the process. it is set to begin at 11:30 eastern, 9:30 local. holmes could be advised of his rights. the government has 72 hours to file formal charges from the time of the advisement and bond could be set. right now he is being represented by a public defender, however, that could change. we will have a few people in the courthouse behind me here today. we'll bring that information to you live. martha? martha: you had an opportunity to talk to one much these sheeting victims who hopes to be there when this plays out in the courtroom today, right? >> reporter: absolutely, yes i did. her name is mikhail la hicks. she and her friend laurie were actually in theater 8. this was the theater next to theater nine, the one where
in the university of colorado mail room that appears to have been mailed by the suspected shooter, james holmes. cnn's ed lavandera is in aurora for us. ed, what do we know about this package? >> reporter: well, we're still trying to gather information on what exactly is inside that package, wolf. but as you mentioned that law enforcement official telling cnn that on monday police and fbi discovered a package that was apparent apparently sent by james holmes, the 24-year-old suspected gunman. now it's unclear obviously if this package was indeed sent by him, it was clearly sent before he was taken into custody. it arrived at some point on monday at the university mail room. we've also been told by hospital officials over the last couple of days this is something we've been monitoring for some time that there were two packages that were suspicious and were being looked into, one found in the mail room and also one that was actually delivered to a university professor. so we've been trying to nail down more information on this. and we'll continue to do so, wolf. >> what's the university of colorado sa
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